I asked some of the smartest mamas I know what advice they have for expectant fathers. Their responses run from hilarious to heartwarming to must know! So here it is, some of the best advice a dad could get straight from the source – moms.
(ps. don’t worry dads, it will be your turn to give advice to moms next month!)
Larisha from We’re Parents
Birthing a baby is the most exhausting thing we will ever do as moms. Help us out by cooking as many “meals” as you can those first few weeks. We won’t even complain if all we get is a bowl or cereal or a frozen pizza. It all helps!
Bernadette from The Mommy Cooler
Michelle from Honest and Truly!
Roshini from Glamazini
My best advice to a first time dad is enjoy the time because it goes by quickly. Fatherhood is not going to
be like anything you’ve ever experienced but, it does not have to be like the experience of other fathers either so create this new relationship the way you want it to be. Lastly remember your child’s mom. Her body and mind just went through a lot and she is going to be hard on herself. Reassure her a bit more, hold her more (if she wants to be held), don’t compare her to any other mom (including your own), let her create her new relationship as well. Most importantly be involved with the baby’s care so you are able to give mom a real break on a regular basis because she (and you) will need it.
Jenn from Jersey Family Fun
Shelly from Moms With Tots
Okay dads… random advice but remember that everything is a big deal. Your wife now thinks she’s Superwoman and she is (considering what she has endured) but even Superwoman needs showers, adequate meals, sleep, and helping hands. Hormones are wreaking havoc on her life so be gentle but firm in your approach to take care of her. Lastly, remember that she appreciates you, cherish those busy, exhausting moments, and don’t forget to also take care of yourself.
Kelly from Imperfectly His
BUT WAIT! What if it IS postpartum depression? How are you supposed to know? And what are you supposed to do? First, breathe, you have got this. Second, I’ve got your back.
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